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'Baby it's Cold Outside' pulled from Cleveland radio station, citing #MeToo movement

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Posted at 1:36 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-01 11:53:00-05

A Cleveland radio station removed the song, 'Baby it's Cold Outside' from its holiday playlist according to USA Today. 

On the surface the song is a catchy holiday duet, but some are citing the #MeToo movement in saying it has corrupt messages of consent.

Here are the original song lyrics: 

I really can't stay - Baby it's cold outside
I've got to go away - Baby it's cold outside
This evening has been - Been hoping that you'd drop in
So very nice - I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice

My mother will start to worry - Beautiful, what's your hurry?
Father will be pacing the floor - Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I'd better scurry - Beautiful, please don't hurry
Maybe just a half a drink more - Put some records on while I pour

The neighbors might think - Baby, it's bad out there
Say, what's in this drink? - No cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how - Your eyes are like starlight now
To break this spell - I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell

I ought to say no, no, no - Mind if I move in closer?
At least I'm gonna say that I tried - What's the sense in hurting my pride?
I really can't stay - Baby don't hold out
Ah, but it's cold outside

I've got to get home - Oh, baby, you'll freeze out there
Say, lend me your coat - It's up to your knees out there
You've really been grand - Thrill when you touch my hand
Why don't you see - How can you do this thing to me?

There's bound to be talk tomorrow - Think of my life long sorrow
At least there will be plenty implied - If you caught pneumonia and died
I really can't stay -
Getoverthathold out
Ah, but it's cold outside

A listener called into WDOK 102.1 in Cleveland and said they found the tune inappropriate. 

WDOK then posted a poll on their website that revealed the majority of people think the 1940s song takes on a different meaning in 2018.

“It really pushed the line of consent,” Cleveland Rape Crisis Center President and CEO Sondra Miller told a Cleveland TV station. “The character in the song is saying ‘no,’ and they're saying well, ‘Does no really mean yes?’ And I think in 2018 what we know is consent is ‘yes’ and if you get a ‘no,’ it means ‘no’ and you should stop right there.”

You can listen and watch the complete original version of the song below.

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